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“Wide awake, and I’m chasing after you” – exclaims a breathless Jessica Dobson, singer and multi-instrumentalist of Seattle’s Deep Sea Diver. The lyric is one that best encapsulates the front woman’s bravado and fearlessness which dominates Deep Sea Diver’s forthcoming sophomore LP, Secrets –Out February 19th on their own High Beam records. In their desire to explore dualities, Deep Sea Diver urgently and deliberately move you from rock experimentation to dreamy soundscapes, Kraut-esque drum and bass grooves to angular danci-ness, and full fledged orchestration to bare bones simplicity. Dobson has the voice and authority

to tie it all together, and turn it into a cohesive unit that soars yet remains beautifully delicate and intimate. Live, the band has received acclaim for their festival-ready power and presence, Jessica’s larger than life guitar hooks, and their cascading layers that build upon each other until they reach their explosive peak.

In late 2013, Dobson put in her notice to former Shins boss, James Mercer, in order to give full attention to her own musical vision. Mercer agreed, saying “I’ll miss you, but I give you my full support. You’ve gotta pursue Deep Sea Diver.” While much was gleaned from the experiences in her many years spent playing with top tier musical outfits (Beck, the Shins, Spoon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs,) something was brewing that demanded a sort of dedication and alertness that couldn’t be fully engaged while moonlighting as a side-woman for those greats. “Good thing too,” noted Stereogum, “because Jessica is an incredible front woman.”

Recorded with Darrell Thorpe (Radiohead, Beck) and Luke Vanderpol at the Bank in CA, Jessica and band (comprised of husband Peter Mansen on drums, Garrett Gue on bass, and Elliot Jackson on guitar and synth) have together created an album that is colorful, energetic, and varied-with an emotional depth and pulsating charge that demands the listeners full attention. As she and Mercer sing together on “Creatures of Comfort,” “I’m in my own world”, the listener is brought in, and very content that this is the world that she has chosen and invited others into.

Secrets is an album you will not want to keep to yourself.


09/04 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot Festival
09/06 – Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall
09/07 – Bend, OR – Volcanic Theater
09/08 – Redding, CA – The Dip
09/09 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore*
09/11 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater
09/12 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
09/13 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
09/15 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive
09/16 – Provo, UT – Velour
09/17 – Boise, ID – Neurolux

* = w/ Wilco


Deep Sea Diver
(High Beam)
Street Date: Feb. 19, 2016
Buy it here

Track List:

     1. Notice Me
2. Wide Awake
  3. Creatures of Comfort
4. Secrets
5. Great Light
6. See These Eyes
  7. Always Waiting
  8. It takes a moment
9. Body on the tracks
10. New Day